Introductory Letter 1
In which the obligation of the Constitutions of the Visitation of Holy Mary is explained, and the qualities of the devotion which the religious of the said Order should have. 7
In which it is asked whether we may go to God with great confidence, even having the sentiment of our misery, and how. And of the perfect abandonment of ourselves. 21
On the flight of our Lord into Egypt, treating of the firmness we should have amidst the accidents of the world. 32
In which it is asked how the sisters ought to love one another with a cordial love, yet without too much familiarity. And on the spirit of humility 54
On the departure of the Sisters of the Visitation, who were going to found a new House of their Institute 80
Three Spiritual Laws.
In which the properties of the dove are applied to the religions soul in the form of laws. 95
On disappropriation and despoiling ourselves of all things. 112
Which treats of the manner of receiving reproofs, and of the means of so establishing ourselves in God, that nothing can turn us from Him. 122
The virtue of obedience. 155
On religions simplicity and prudence. 181
The Spirit Of The Rules.
On the rules and the spirit of the Visitation. 197
Against private judgment and tenderness towards oneself. 214
The Will Of God.
In which it is asked in what consists the perfect determination to regard and to follow the will of God in all things ; and whether we can find and follow it in the wills of our superiors, equals, or inferiors, which we see proceed from their natural or habitual inclinations. And on some notable points concerning confessors and preachers. 233
Concerning aversions ; how we should receive books ; and that we should not be astonished to see imperfections in religious persons, and even in superiors. 247
In which it is asked how and from what motive we must give our vote to the sisters who are to be admitted to profession, as well as to those who are to be received into the noviciate. 261
How the Sacraments are to be received, and the holy Office recited ; with some points regarding prayer. 279
Virtues Of St. Joseph. 294
Intention In Entering Religion.
In which it is asked what intention we should have in entering religion 313
Ask For Nothing.
On the maxim of asking for nothing and refusing nothing 324
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